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When I took Mira for a walk last week, she really seemed to like one of these dogs that came up to her and gently kissed her muzzle. Mira is an old gal and doesn't need a rambunctious dog and I have had my eye on this breed. Quite different from a lab but seem very friendly.
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Zoe has two as friends.
They are sweet; one is a male, the other a female.

brown in the background is Yahoo, male
foreground is a terrier mix


Here's Willow, the female


and puppies from Willow & Yahoo
 

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debjen has 2 and jeffersonsmom got her daughter one last year from here in georgia. i think it was in the spring or early summer last year. :) not far from me!! ;)
 

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I have 2 Cavaliers...my lab is 11 and the Cavs are 2 and 3..I choose the Cavs for a smaller dog (I live in a Condo) because they have a lot of the same personality that a lab does..they do require a lot more grooming than a lab does but they are small..*G*..They do have health problems like any breed...

Here are a couple of Cav boards that have FAQ sites etc if you want to peruse them..

http://www.cavalierboard.com/messageboard/

http://board.cavaliertalk.com/

They are neat dogs and love a good lap but also a nice walk or workout (I do obedience and agility with mine).
 

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Sally's nutritionist has a few
my neighbour
a dear friend on a bird board

I have known quite a few

they are the only breed I have only seen surrendered to rescue because of health issues - based on what I have seen I would say they are more prone to health issues than many other breeds I see more typically in rescue
 

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I have read about some of their health problems such as heart disease. But shouldn't good breeders minimize this by being careful with their breeding just like lab breeders and hip dysplasia?
 

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Mirabella said:
I have read about some of their health problems such as heart disease. But shouldn't good breeders minimize this by being careful with their breeding just like lab breeders and hip dysplasia?
Yes they should..which is why like any breed you need to know about the health problems...heart, SM, Patellas etc..
 

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I've done some research on CKCS, because my Mother would love to adopt one. I know you have to be careful to avoid the heart defects, but they seem like a very social, loving breed with few non-cardiovascular health concerns.

We actually saw the clip on dogs 101 about the Cavalier, and they said the breed is rumored to be beneficial to heart attack patients.
 

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Nice looking and good temperament, they are known to have eye and heart peoblems but other than that are ok. They arent as energetic as cockers/springers either
 

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As Sandy mentioned, I bought my daughter one last spring. He is a wonderful dog. My two labs love him. And he loves them. They play together nicely. I had to be careful at first--Teddy is such a clumsy pup himself, he stepped on Tucker a time or two. Now that hardly ever happens.
Cavaliers have a wonderful personality. Much like a lab.
I'd get another if I could. They are prone to heart and eye disease, so you need to be very careful when selecting a breeder. We researched breeders for almost a year before purchasing Tucker.
Here are some pics of Tucker playing with the big boys.

Playing bitey face with Teddy (Tucker was 12 weeks old, Teddy was 18 months)

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z95/2labhouse/Cavalier boy/Takethat.jpg

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z95/2labhouse/Cavalier boy/Itson.jpg

A movie clip of chase the big boys. You'll notice the barking--the only time he barks is when the big boys are playing and ignoring him!
http://s193.photobucket.com/albums/z95/2labhouse/Cavalier boy/?action=view&current=Dogsondeck015.flv
 

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My daughter-in-law's Aunt, Kim Campbell Thornton, owns three. She writes for MSNBC under Creature Comforts and also has blog on Pet Connection. Type in her name and creature comforts and I am sure it would take you to some of her articles. She has an e mail where you could ask any questions you have about that particular breed.
 

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Everyone - thanks for all the replies and information. This is always a good place to go for information. :happy:
 
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